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Earthquake discussion open to public

Oklahoma Sierra Club and Kansas Sierra Club call on concerned people to join them in Norman from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Aug. 20 at Norman Public Library (Central Branch) 225 N. Webster to discuss the ongoing threat of earthquakes plaguing the region and to examine the practice of fracking which utilizes underground injection wells to dispose of its waste and by-products.

At 5:30 p.m. the film “Groundswell Rising,” directed by Renard Cohen will be screened followed by a discussion with Dr. Todd Halihan, Professor of Hydrogeology, Oklahoma State University at 6:30. Halihan will discuss the science behind man-made earthquakes.

At 7:15, Attorney Scott Poynter of Steele, Wright, Collier Law Firm will give a presentation and take questions from the audience. Poynter is currently prosecuting cases involving earthquakes caused by the oil and gas industry.

The public is invited to join the discussion and learn more about fracking and the use of injection wells. Space will be limited. Guests are encouraged to arrive early.

Both Kansas and Oklahoma governments have acknowledged that the use of underground injection wells can be linked to the plague of earthquakes facing both states.

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“At a time when residents and business owners of Kansas and Oklahoma are left with thousands of dollars of damage caused by the swarms of earthquakes in our two states, we need our local and state governments to intervene and act immediately in developing and enforcing rules and regulations the oil and gas industry must abide by when conducting hydraulic fracturing and using injection wells,” according to a joint statement from Oklahoma Sierra Club Chair Barbara Vanhanken and Kansas Sierra Club Chair Yvonne Cather.

“We feel the responses by our respective corporation commissions have been slow, and they have been reluctant to establish strong enough rules and regulations on the disposal of fracking waste fluids into injection wells for the oil and gas industry. Right now the oil and gas industry continues ‘business as usual’ with drilling for oil and gas close to water sources and habitations. The earthquakes continue as disposal of their waste from hydraulic fracturing continues virtually unabated.

“Our purpose in Norman, Oklahoma on Aug. 20 is to serve the residents of our two states by raising the awareness of the entire set of practices used in hydraulic fracturing and what others around the U.S. have done to fight such flagrant practices. As we have done previously at the state capitols, we are also calling for a moratorium on injections wells in Oklahoma and Kansas to stop the extremely disruptive, costly and damaging earthquake swarms.”

This article was from The Norman Transcript, Okla. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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